Installation education please

angiebangieJune 1, 2014

I have no clue about window installation and have absolutely no idea what questions to ask. The only estimate I've received mentions something about wall insulation. I've read that window performance is largely related to the quality of the installation, but how is the common homeowner to determine proper installation? Short of reading reviews on Angie's list from other clueless homeowners, what do I need to know and ask before signing a window contract?

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Try searching on Youtube. See link below. Lot's of videos, will give you a general idea.

Here is a link that might be useful: Youtube link to window install

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 6:58AM
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Windows on Washington

What kind of windows do you have currently? Some installs are more complex than others and what you have existing will dictate what will be required.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 7:13AM
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Thanks for the video links.

We currently have aluminum double pane windows and will be replacing with either Don Young TBA or Soft-lite vinyl. I'm waiting on a Don Young quote before I make a final decision. The outside of the house is a mix of limestone and Masonite.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 9:57AM
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I would have each company tell you precisely how they install their windows, without leading them in any way. If you lead them, they'll tell you what they think you want to hear.

Minimal expanding closed cell foam is the best way to seal the perimeter of the window against air and vapor infiltration. Unfortunately here in Texas most companies use the minimalist caulk-and-walk method that doesn't serve the homeowner well.

If you'd like to discuss further, feel free to give me a call.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 6:15PM
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Good feedback Ultra Windows.

Vetting the contractors installation is certainly an important evaluation criteria.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 9:04AM
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